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Jobs, Safety Depend on Highway Trust Fund Fix
In April, my employer, Towmaster, Inc. based in Litchfield, Minnesota, sent me to Washington, D.C., to join my counterparts on the I Make America Advisory Committee.
May 21, 2015 – AEM

Nebraska legislature overrides governor's veto of gas tax increase
Almost immediately after the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill to raise the state's gas tax, it appeared the newly-approved road funding was at risk as Gov. Pete Ricketts shot down the bill with a veto.
May 19, 2015 – Better Roads

Caterpillar Employees Flood Capitol with 24,728 Trade Letters
Caterpillar employees sent 24,728 letters to Congress and the White House in support of trade legislation now moving through the Senate.
May 15, 2015 – Construction Equipment

New Holland North American Vice President testifies before Pennsylvania House Majority Policy Committee
Abe Hughes, New Holland's Vice President in North America, testified before the Pennsylvania House Majority Policy Committee to provide insight into New Holland Agriculture's and New Holland Construction's view of Pennsylvania's economy and business climate.
May 15, 2015 – OEM Off-Highway

GOP seeks summer fix for road funding
House Republicans are preparing to begin moving a two-month extension of federal transportation funding, delivering a victory to Democrats who have long preferred a shorter extension.
May 15, 2015 – The Hill

Train crash hardens fight over funding
A deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia that killed at least seven people is intensifying a debate on Capitol Hill over investments in infrastructure.
May 13, 2015 – The Hill

ARTBA analysis shows gas tax supporters not hurt at ballot box
Ninety-five percent of all Republican state legislators who voted to increase their state gas tax to fund transportation improvements in 2013 and 2014 and ran for re-election last November won their races, according to the analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) Transportation Investment Advocacy Center.
May 13, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Senate Dems slam GOP highway patch proposals
A group of Senate Democrats slammed Republicans on Thursday for considering a temporary patch of federal transportation funding that is scheduled to expire May 31.
May 7, 2015 – The Hill

New IoH law makes 20 changes
When Act 377 - Wisconsin's original Implements of Husbandry law - was signed it was considered to be a compromise between local officials who wanted to protect local roads and infrastructure, and agricultural interests who wanted to assure that farmers could get their equipment to their fields and do their work.
May 5, 2015 – Wisconsin State Farmer

McConnell: 'We clearly have to do an extension on highways'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) included passing an extension of federal transportation funding that is scheduled to expire this month on a list of "must-do items before Memorial Day" on Tuesday.
May 5, 2015 – The Hill

TPA a key tool for trade negotiations
In 1953, Power Curbers Inc. was founded in Salisbury by two businessmen with a design for the world's first automatic curb machine, and has grown into one of the leading manufacturers of concrete paving machinery.
May 5, 2015 – Salisbury Post

TCC Fly-In: No Voice Too Small in Political Process
So many of us, including myself, see a limited view of the issues from behind our desks.
May 4, 2015 – AEM

Hawaii Considers Changing Gas Tax as Highway Funds Decline
Hawaii lawmakers are pushing a plan that could increase the fuel taxes that drivers pay at the pump.
May 2, 2015 – Construction Equipment Guide

McCarthy to House GOP: 'We will need to act' on road funding
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told members of the chamber's Republican caucus that they will "need to act" to extend federal transportation funding this month.
May 1, 2015 – The Hill

Texas tentatively approves $3 billion for roads and bridges work
The Texas State House of Representatives on Thursday voted 138-3 in favor of shifting more than $3 billion in existing revenue to non-toll roads.
May 1, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Senators Call For Repeal Of Waters Of The U.S. Proposed Regulations
Yesterday, Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation to repeal EPA's "Waters of the United States" proposal, a proposal that will jeopardize the rights of private property owners across the country.
May 1, 2015 – AgriMarketing

Foxx willing to accept 'purposeful' highway funding extension
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he can accept a temporary infrastructure funding extension, but only if lawmakers use the extra time to come up with a long-term solution later this summer.
April 29, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Most Americans Feel Transportation Infrastructure Investment Will Improve U.S. Economy
In less than five weeks, just 33 days from now, the federal Highway Trust Fund will expire and approach default without action from Congress that includes additional funding.
April 28, 2015 –

House panel releases $55B transit, housing bill
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a $55.3 billion bill funding the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments, as well as related agencies, for fiscal 2016.
April 28, 2015 – The Hill

Minnesota House approves $7 billion plan to pay for roads
The Minnesota House has endorsed a plan to spend nearly $7 billion during the next decade for transportation work without raising taxes. The plan differs from a Senate effort to raise $6 billion via new taxes.
April 27, 2015 – Land Line

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